Ruben Tejada may have saved himself a trip to the minors Wednesday night because he could be heading to the disabled list instead.

The Mets’ shortstop, who was told late Tuesday by team officials to pick up his game or pack his bags for Vegas, hurt his right quad in the ninth inning of the Mets’ 9-4 win at the Stadium.

It is the same injury that forced him to miss over a month last season. He will be evaluated by team doctors Thursday morning, but in a sign that the Mets may be expecting bad news, Triple-A shortstop Omar Quintanilla was pulled from the Las Vegas 51s game Wednesday night.

“I do know that I haven’t performed the way I expected and I have not had the kind of season I would have liked but I’m focused on working hard, because that is all I have control of,” Tejada said. “Now I am worried about this injury, any injury is worrisome, and particularly when I have been given a chance to be an everyday player but we will handle it the right way and take all precautions necessary.”

Tejada felt the injury as he slid to avoid a collision with left fielder Mike Baxter on a pop-up in foul territory near the left field line. Tejada tried to play through it, but came up limping bad on the next play, a groundball to short.

“He said he felt it running after the popup and that’s why he slid,” Terry Collins said. “He thought he could catch it, but he slid because his leg started to pull on him. He slid and then the groundball, obviously, you could tell something was wrong.”

Tejada said he is optimistic he will not be out as long as he was last season.

“I don’t think it is as bad as last year,” Tejada said, “but I have to go to the doctor’s (Thursday) anyway.”